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Quick Facts on Dexter

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 380
Simple meaning:
Skillful; Cloth dyer

Characteristics of Dexter

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Dexter

There are two possible origins for the masculine name Dexter. From the Latin, the word “dexter” means ‘the right, right-handed’ which gave us the word for ‘fortunate, skillful, auspicious’ or dexterous. Dexter is also the transferred use of an old English surname originating as an occupation name to signify a person who was a “dyer of cloth”. In this case, the name comes from the Olde English word “dighester” which is derived from “dēag” meaning ‘dye’. An interesting fact: a “dighester” distinguished a female cloth dyer specifically; although this gender specificity was lost by Middle English. Today Dexter is exclusively a male name. The first recorded spelling of this surname came in the mid 13th century and was rendered Dighestre. Dexter is also an early American surname having come through passengers on 17th century English ships bound for the New Plymouth colony. Dexter is currently a Top 100 masculine forename in England.

Popularity of the Name Dexter

Dexter has maintained a position on the U.S. male naming charts since the late 19th century. The name has a history of bouncing around at pretty low levels of popularity for most of the 20th century. Dexter was most popular during the late 1960s and early 70s but even still it was barely used moderately. What’s interesting is that the name is getting a big push up the charts right now. Between 2007 and 2010, Dexter has advanced over 450 spots up the charts. This sudden interest in the name is clearly being influenced by the popular Showtime series about a blood-splatter analyst called “Dexter” which first aired in October 2006. American parents are responding favorably to this long-neglected name. And if you’re a jazz aficionado then you know the “dexterous” Dexter Gordon, one of the great tenor saxophonists of the 20th century. There’s no doubt about it; Dexter is a cool name. It literarily has that “x” factor.
Popularity of the Boy Name Dexter
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dexter

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Dexter

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dexter

    Dexter (Darkly Dreaming Dexter) This is the first book in the “Dexter” series written by Jeff Lindsay first published in 2004 and the inspiration behind the Showtime comi-drama. Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened–of himself or some other fiend. Also part of the series are the books Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005), Dexter in the Dark (2007), Dexter by Design (2009), Dexter Is Delicious (2010) and Double Dexter (2011).

    Dexter (Winter Dreams) Dexter is a character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Winter Dreams” which first appeared in print in 1922. Winter Dreams is considered a draft of sorts for Fitzgerald’s crowning glory “The Great Gatsby” and Dexter the precursor to Jay Gatsby himself. The story’s protagonist, Dexter Green, is a middle-class boy from Minnesota who aspires to be among the aristocracy – although he starts out as a caddy in a wealthy golf club. In Fitzgerald style, Dexter falls in love with a self-centered rich girl who torments him by stringing him along and ultimately remains out of his grasp. Eventually he leaves to fight in WWI, returns and ultimately becomes a filthy rich businessman in New York City. Having met his aspirations for wealth, most of Dexter’s ambitions are forever tied to the “rich-bitch” Judy Simms. He later learns that she – in our opinion at least – got what was coming to her. She married well only to find herself a lonely housewife, ill-treated by her husband and losing her youthful beauty. One would think Dexter would feel vindicated, but instead he realizes his lifelong dream is forever gone.

  • Popular Songs on Dexter

    Popular Songs on Dexter

    Dexter - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Dexter.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Dexter

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Dexter

    Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie (Joel Stewart) - Dexter Bexley has bumped square into a Big Blue Beastie. A bored Big Blue Beastie that ponders eating Dexter Bexley right up just for fun. Thinking quickly, Dexter suggests a much better idea. He and the Big Blue Beastie go into business together. No matter how many adventures Dexter can think up to distract him, the Big Blue Beastie continually finds himself bored and hungry. It seems that this might finally be the end for Dexter Bexley ... or is it? Joel Stewart spins a darkly comic yet ultimately reassuring tale about friendship. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road (Joel Stewart) - Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie can't seem to be quiet-they're not sleepy! - so they hit the road as traveling entertainers. They meet a not-so-fearless prince, and adventurous princess, and a not-so-frightful dragon and have a great time singing, dancing, and hoot-hoot-hooting...but will they ever go to sleep? This hilarious fractured fairy tale will send young readers laughing all the way to dreamland. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dexter Gets Dressed! (Ken Wilson-Max) - This unique getting-dressed story offers a different and intriguing task on each spread--with a variety of inviting tabs to pull, buttons to fasten, a zipper to zip, and laced to tie--to train little fingers in the intricacies of important everyday tasks. Full color. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Dexter the Tough (Margaret Peterson Haddix) - I'm the new kid. I am tuf. This morning I beat up a kid. It's only the first day of school for Dexter, but he's already mad at the principal, and the secretary, and the janitor, and the kids who laugh at him. When his teacher tells the class to write a story, Dexter writes about how tough he is -- and how he's already gotten into a fight. Is any of Dexter's story true? Why was the other boy crying before Dexter hit him? And why would the other boy still want to be Dexter's friend? Even Dexter doesn't know the answers to some of those questions. But as he deals with family problems, a persistent teacher, and a boy who's strangely interested in floor wax, he discovers many surprises hidden in his own tale. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Dexter's Lab Chapter Book #6 (Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso) - Since its debut in 1996, Dexter's Lab has been one of Cartoon Network's top-rated shows. Now Scholastic teams up with the boy genius and his pesky sister Dee Dee for original chapter and picture books. When Dee Dee interferes with Dexter's Virtual Identity Teleporter, the two siblings end up switching bodies. And it couldn't have happened at a worse time. Today Dee Dee's scheduled to be a Flower Princess at her dance recital and Dexter's supposed to be inducted into the Young Geniuses of America Society. Can Dexter switch them back in time... or will he end up spending the rest of his life in a tutu? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Don't Do That, Dexter! (JoDee McConnaughhay) - Explore the world of Happy Day® Books—filled with fun-to-read stories that teach Christian values. Level 2 books are specifically designed for beginning readers and use harder words, longer sentences, simple stories, and dialogue. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Hannah and Dexter: The First Meeting (Shiela Martina) - Hannah is a nine year old Jewish American, who lives with her mother and pestering litter brother. Her parents are divorced and she spends her time making friends and dressing up. Dexter is a nine year old African American, who lives with both of his parents and his two sisters. His goal is to be a basketball star, so practicing this sport takes all of his time. The first time Hannah and Dexter meet, it is not a pretty sight. However with the help of a clever red-haired teacher, their first meeting and other differences are soon forgotten. They find out that working together is better than working apart. This story tells one of cooperation and dependence; encouragement and excitement. This is a story that will not soon be forgotten, because of it s conventionalism and values imparted to every reader. A history project brings two unlikely people together, after being forced to work together. Hannah s and Dexter s first meeting is not a positive one and the likelihood of them becoming friends is unthinkable. But thanks to a singing, strict red-haired teacher, their academic and social life change for the better. Additionally, their acceptance and respect of each other prove that working together is a whole lot better than working apart. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Dexter

    Famous People Named Dexter

    Famous People Named Dexter - Dexter Gordon (great jazz musician, tenor saxophonist); Dexter Jackson (football player); Dexter Fletcher (actor); Dexter M. Ferry (19th century American businessman); Dexter Blackstock (English soccer player); Dexter Holland (musician, lead singer of The Offspring); Dexter Horton (American businessman, first banker in Seattle, WA); Dexter Vines (comic book artist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Dexter

    Children of Famous People Named Dexter

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Dexter - Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights leader); Diane Keaton (actress); Dana Carvey (comic/actor)

Personality of the Boy Name Dexter

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Dexter

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